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Rob the Mob (2014)

R | | Crime, Drama | 15 March 2014 (USA)
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A Queens couple who specialize in robbing mafia social clubs stumble upon a score bigger than they could ever imagine, becoming targets of both the mob and the FBI in the process.

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Raymond De Felitta

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Pitt ... Tommy Uva
Nina Arianda ... Rosie
Andy Garcia ... Big Al
Ray Romano ... Jerry Cardozo
Griffin Dunne ... Dave Lovell
Michael Rispoli ... Sal
Yul Vazquez ... Vinny Gorgeous
Frank Whaley ... Agent Frank Hurd
Samira Wiley ... Agent Annie Bell
Brian Tarantina ... Ronnie
Aida Turturro ... Anna
Matthew Sean Blumm ... Marco (as Matthew Blumm)
Luke Fava ... Robbie
Burt Young ... Joey D
Cathy Moriarty ... Constance Uva (as Cathy Moriarty-Gentile)
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A Queens couple who specialize in robbing mafia social clubs stumble upon a score bigger than they could ever imagine, becoming targets of both the mob and the FBI in the process.

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Taglines:

True Crime. True Love. True Story.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual material and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rob the Mob See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,833, 23 March 2014

Gross USA:

$208,693

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$209,613
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the third time Andy Garcia starred in a movie about real life mafia that was dramatized for the silver screen, first in in The Untouchables (1987) and then Hoodlum in 1997. See more »

Goofs

When Rosie calls Big Al's number, she gives his address as 41 Ocean Avenue in Howard Beach, Queens. Ocean Avenue runs from Prospect Park to Sheepshead Bay, entirely in Brooklyn, and does not enter Howard Beach. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Uva: Oh, Florida is... it's paradise.
Rosie: Really?
Tommy Uva: Yeah, they have palm trees. Coconuts and alligators and air conditioning.
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At the end of the movie just before the credits roll a picture of the real Tommy and Rosie is shown as an epitaph See more »

Connections

References Love and the Gun (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Something You Got
Written by Chris Kenner (as Christopher Kenner)
Performed by Wilson Pickett
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Good old mobster fun!
14 December 2014 | by watchthisspacefilmmagaziSee all my reviews

Trolling through iTunes I came across Rob the Mob (2014) and decided to give it a go. Directed by Raymond De Felitta, Rob the Mob is a film about doing just that, robbing the mob. Starring Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda as Tommy and Rosie, a couple who make their living by holding up shops, florists and basically anywhere that has cash in the register. Then one day, after a stint in jail, Tommy comes up with an idea, why not rob the mob. In his eyes they are just a bunch of old men sitting around with no guns and lots of money. Plus who are they going to call, the cops? Not likely, it's the perfect crime.

The tone of the film was something which attracted me from the trailer, dark humour taking the form of the bickering between the couple about trivial matters while Tommy is holding an Uzi and about to hold up the mafia. The obvious comparison would be to Bonnie and Clyde, as they are the nicknames given to them by the press. But I related it more to True Romance (1993), a love-struck couple doing what they need to in order to make a life for themselves and getting in deeper than they intended with some bad people.

The film's charm was an unexpected pleasure, not only did I care about Tommy and Rosie and rooting for their success but we are treated to an inside look at the leader of that mafia family, his past and what he is going through. I found myself actually caring for his story and what would happen to his family when the inevitable happens and what his grandson would think of him when he grows up.

The humour played a huge part in the film, making light of the mafia, this age old organisation feared by many and believed by some to not even exist. It is clear that the director of the film has no love for the mob, making them look foolish, being undone by two kids with a gun while their family members are ratting on each other to save their own skin. This is something not often done in filmmaking, mocking such a serious crime syndicate, but Raymond did it and I was glad he did, it was hilarious.

Ray Romano played the part of Jerry Cardozo, a journalist covering the mob case in the court and the unlikely friend of Tommy and Rosie. Ray played the part well, the underpaid and cynical journalist who became an unlikely friend to the kids, helping them gain nationwide recognition. I haven't seen Ray in while and it was good to see him back on the screen. He is a likable actor and I hope to see him more in the future.

The standout performance was of course courtesy of Michael Pitt who you might know better as Jimmy from Boardwalk Empire. Michael, admittedly playing a similar role to his television series character, played an erratic and driven man fuelled by his passion for his girlfriend and his intent on reaping revenge for his father who was a constant victim of the mob.

Overall this film was thoroughly enjoyable for a random find. I had not heard anything about this film before stumbling across it but I am certainly glad I did. It provided some great laughs, likable characters and lovely direction techniques, particularly the end sequence. To top it off it was based on a true story which always helps bring that sense of realism to the film and makes the story even more impressive.


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